Recommended Live Music Bars in Auckland

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Live Music Bars in Auckland

The best way to sample Auckland's cutting edge music scene is to head out to intimate bars with character. We've selected Auckland live music venues famous for showcasing new talent as well as providing the odd secret gig for established artists. Check out ViewAuckland.co.nz's recommended live music bars in Auckland.
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SKYCITY Auckland, Cnr Victoria and Federal Streets, 1010
  • New Zealand inspired cuisine
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Cassette Number Nine is your fun, creative entertainment, eatery and music space smack bang in the centre of Auckland City.

The bar at 9 Vulcan Lane is open Tuesday through Saturday, bringing you weekly club nights & live gigs, and playing host to and all manner of strange and wonderful things - from one-off events and tours to after-parties, launches and fashion shows.

You can hire the entire venue exclusively on Sundays or Mondays, or book the recently renovated Back Bar for private functions most days/nights of the week.

Cassette Number Nine swaps comfortably between relaxed restaurant during the day and early evening, to live events and club nights later on, always maintaining a quirky atmosphere, plush setting and super-friendly service.

Entertainment includes fortnightly Bitchin Bingo, monthly burlesque, weekly dance and live music offerings, and the occasional stand-up comedy night.

9 Vulcan Lane,
Auckland,
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Danny Doolan's is a traditional Irish Pub located in the Viaduct Harbour, Downtown Auckland. Fabulous food, good service and great times.
204 Quay Street,
Auckland,
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New York City Rock n Roll bar comes to Auckland!

Founded in 2001 by Bill Nolan, the original Ding Dong Lounge first opened on the upper west side of Manhattan and slowly grew a following of talented artists, writers, actors and musicians.

In 2003 close personal friend, Bill Walsh opened the Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne, branding itself with a live gig atmosphere that has easily upheld the Ding Dongs furious rock reputation.
26 Wyndham Street,
Auckland,
1010
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Galatos Live is an atmospheric, intimate venue, reminiscent of an old theatre, three levels each with their own identity. An intimate upstairs lounge with comfy seating and log fire, the ballroom with stage, lofty ceilings and original parquet sprung dance floor,( rumoured to be the fastest in Auckland) and the funky downstairs basement. Each level at Galatos Live has it's own entrance, bar and toilet facilities. Or for a larger event you can hire all three levels which can be interconnected.
17 Galatos Street,
Auckland,
1010
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If Rock n Roll is your poison then there's no denying that a visit to The Kings Arms in Newton is a must. Expect local and international acts alike doing what they do well most nights - rock on!
59 France Street,
Auckland,
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Famous Auckland over for it's music, The Leigh Sawmill Cafe is one of Auckland's very best live music venues.

It's a fair drive, so make a weekend of it!
142 Pakiri Road,
Auckland,
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Located just off Queen Street, The Occidental Hotel was opened on 2nd July 1870 by American sailor Edward Perkins, and became renowned as one of Auckland’s finest hotels. In 1999 the historic building was transformed into the first authentic Belgian Beer Café in the Southern Hemisphere. We proudly serve extensive selection of finest Belgian beers & some of the best wines from NZ & Australia, complimented by authentic Belgian cuisine. We recommend you try our signature steaming mussel pots, or our famous mussel platters. Enjoy a slice of Europe in the heart of Auckland.
6-8 Vulcan Lane,
Auckland,
1010
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Located in the centre of Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, O’Hagans Irish bar is a prime example of a traditional Irish pub.

Overflowing with original Irish charm the décor is warm and authentic, but O’Hagans has so much more to offer.

Delight in the atmosphere of Auckland’s beautiful waterfront from our fantastic outside seating area, relaxing with a pint of Guiness or savouring some homemade Irish cuisine.

On the weekend nights kick back and enjoy the Live Music till the early hours.

Our range of widescreen tv’s show all sports events all day long for you to watch at your leisure, and add some extra excitement with our inhouse TAB.
101 - 103 Custom Street West,
Auckland,
1010
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Good service, great sounds and a clientale that is genuinely out to have one helluva good time - the Ponsonby Social Club is one venue well worth paying a visit to!
152 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland,
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There are many reasons that the Powerstation has long been a favourite of performers and audiences alike. Good acoustics and sightlines from virtually any audience vantage point, an intimate theatre vibe despite its capacity, and easy access in a central location. Now that it is being run again as a stable venue, the tradition and memories associated with the Powerstation will continue.
33 Mt Eden Road,
Auckland,
1023
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The Saint & Flax in Browns Bay, Auckland, has a full lunch and dinner menu available.

There is a big screen and bar snacks are available till close, come and enjoy the great food and atmosphere.
101 Clyde Road,
Auckland,
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One of New Zealand's most well known student bars, Shadows has just the right grungy, edgy attitude that you'd expect from a place that's been supporting local music in this town for what seems like a lifetime.
Top Floor, Student Union Building, University of Auckland,
34 Princes Street,
Auckland,
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Established in 1847, the Windsor is one of the earliest surviving hotels in Auckland. The neighbourhood pub has been resurrected and is at the ready to serve the good people of Auckland. Serving gasto pub food in a comfortable yet unpretentious environment.
The Windsor Castle,
144 Parnell Road,
Auckland,
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